West Fargo: Diversion not failingSeveral hundred concerned West Fargo residents showed up to a flood meeting Monday at the Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center.
By: Dave Roepke, The Forum
Several hundred concerned West Fargo residents showed up to a flood meeting Monday at the Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center.
They likely left breathing a sigh of relief.
“The bottom line of what we want to tell you is that we’re very confident that we are going to be fine in West Fargo during this 2009 flood,” said West Fargo City Commissioner Mark Simmons.
Also, West Fargo City Engineer Kevin Buchholz put rumors to rest that the Sheyenne River Diversion was failing.
Buchholz said the National Weather Service is predicting the Sheyenne River to reach 23 feet sometime this week. Buchholz said the West Fargo diversion protects the city up to 28 feet.
The Sheyenne was at 17.8 on Sunday, Buchholz said.
“I’m not going to sit here and tell you that we will never flood,” Buchholz said. “Because Mother Nature will win someday. But we have about as good of a system that can be constructed.”
Buchholz urged West Fargo residents to help fight sanitary system backup issues by funneling the water from their sump pumps outside instead of back into the system.
He also suggested home owners plug their basement floor drains as a precautionary measure.